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Information, Advice and Guidance
We want you to enjoy your time at SGS, and to fulfil your true potential. To help you do this, we offer a wide range of support from course tutors, Education and Wellbeing Mentors and College Counsellors. Support is always here, if and when you need it.
SGS Wellbeing ServiceWho we are
The SGS Wellbeing Service is a team of specialist individuals who can support you to achieve your potential. The team includes:
- Education & Wellbeing Mentors
- Safeguarding Officers
- Filton, Room CG24
- Stroud, Room 228
- WISE, Room G32
- Email us at [email protected] (learners studying at Bristol Campuses) or [email protected] (learners studying at Stroud Campus)
- Monday-Thursday, 08:30-17:00
- Friday, 08:30-16:30
Information, Advice and Guidance
Each curriculum department at the College has its own Education & Wellbeing Mentor who can offer you:
- Confidential, objective information, advice and guidance
- Strategies and support to help you manage practically and emotionally
- Mediation and advocacy, helping you to communicate and resolve any conflicts
- Referrals or signposts to other services
The College offers a free, confidential counselling service. You can be referred to this by speaking to your SGS Education and Wellbeing Mentor, or by emailing:[email protected]
Prayer Room and Reflective Space
We offer a prayer room and reflective space on each of our campuses. Everyone is welcome, from all faiths to none. For more information, email [email protected] (learners studying at Bristol Campuses) or [email protected] (learners studying at Stroud Campus).
Young CarersWho are young adult carers?
- Anyone between the age of 14 and 25 whose life is in some way restricted because of the need to take responsibility for the care of someone who is ill, has a physical or sensory impairment, mental ill health, drug/alcohol misuse or domestic violence.
- A young person who looks after, for example, a parent, grandparent, brother, sister or even a neighbour.
- A young person who has to do more shopping, cooking, clearing up or looking after younger brothers or sisters in the absence of a guardian.
- A young person who may have more responsibilities than their friends - sometimes a lot more.
Being a young carer can have many positive effects, such as:
- Greater sensitivity to others
- Enhanced living skills
- Strong family bonds
However, if young carers aren't given proper support, there can be some serious impacts:
- Impaired educational, social, emotional and physical development
- Incomplete education
- Poor social skills
- Permanent physical injuries (e.g. back injuries from lifting)
- A designated member of staff with special responsibility for young carers, who lets all new students know who they are and what they can do to help.
- We can put young carers in touch with the local Young Carers Service. We can also put families in touch with other support services.
- Accessibility to parents who have mobility and communication difficulties, and the opportunity for them to be involved in parents' evenings.
- Respect for your right to privacy. We will only share information about you and your family with people who need to know to help you.
- We will consider alternatives if a young carer is unable to attend college due to their caring role.
- We allow young carers to telephone home during breaks and lunchtimes.
Self-Help Resources for Student, Parents & Carers
Director of Wellbeing Services and DSL [email protected]
Inclusion and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead [email protected]
Other Useful Links
The Mental Health Foundation
Student Minds - UK student mental health charity
The Mix - Essential mental health support for people under 25
Mental health apps approved by NHS
The Parents Guide to Teaching Your Teen Online Safety
Food bank links for people living in Gloucestershire
Food banks links for people living in South Glos
Food banks links for people living in Bristol
Understanding Universal Credit
Parents Against Child Exploitation (PACE) UK
Think U Know - #AskTheAkward